Home Maintenance Tips For Your Air Conditioner

Their are many ways that you can help maintain your air conditioning system with Do-It-Yourself home maintenance tips for your air conditioner. Doing a quick assessment every month of your air conditioning unit can save you time and money in the future. Maintaining your central air conditioning system is the best way to assure your system keeps working efficiently for many years.

Make Sure The Air Conditioning  Filter is Clean

Clean Dirty Air Filters In Your HomeOne of the first home maintenance tips for your Air conditioner is to asses the cleanliness of your air conditioning filter. A good rule of thumb is to assess them every other month. The filter is an essential part of keeping debris and dust out of your system.  The more occupants you have in your home the more frequently you should assess your filters. If you have multiple pet’s in the home you should also check your filters more frequently. Pet’s have a tendency to shed thus causing your filters to clog more easily. Allergen sufferers should also check your AC filters more frequently to decrease allergens in the air.

It is also recommended that you hire a professional licensed HVAC company at least once a year to inspect your air conditioning system, making sure your unit is operating the way it should. Even though regular home maintenance and regular filter changing is performed by home owners, it is still essential to have a licensed HVAC specialist perform a 24 point inspection that includes, looking inside your unit making sure you have clean air conditioning coils and the entire AC system is working properly and efficiently.

Inspect the Outside Condenser

The Condenser is the outside component of your air conditioning system. The condenser needs to be free of anything that it can pull into it to harm it. Leaves, dirt, and other debris can get caught in the condenser fins. The condenser fins are the metallic blades that surround the unit. These fins frequently get dirty because the central fan sucks them through. The debris can block the airflow and greatly reduce the units full cooling capability. Insuring the shrubs and landscaping are kept at least 2-3 feet away from the condenser will lessen the chance of the build up of debris. Cottonwood also known as Populus trees should be kept far away from the condenser. This is one of the most common trees found across North America and it also disperses floating “cotton.” This floating “cotton” is one of the worst types of debris to clean from your condenser fins. Please insure that none of the trees are remotely near your condenser. This will save you a huge headache when it comes time to clean the inside of your condenser.

Visual inspect your ductwork

You can normally inspect your homes ductwork on your home. If you are able to access your attic with ease there are some important things to check for. Check and see if there are any tears in the protective coating of the ductwork. Note any kinks or flattened areas that you see as well as exposed insulation. If nothing turns up during your visual inspection and you still hear sounds coming from your attic it may be something else. Rattling or banging noises could indicate loose connections or poor sealing. Undetermined noises or other cooling issues warrants a call for a professional. Our certified technicians at All Star Heating and Cooling will determine the cause and give you the best remedy to get your ductwork back up to par.

Properly Winterize the Unit

Fortunately it’s not hard to winterize your air condition unit. Unfortunately many people living in Florida feel their is no need to do so. Even in Florida we still need to take care of our air conditioning unit during the winter months. The peak of the cold season in Florida is from mid December to mid March. Many times in Florida winter air conditioners could be shut off for weeks at a time. Before and during this time insure that any debris is removed from around the condenser. Since we do not experience a great amount or if any snow in Florida covering your condenser is not necessary. Many “snowbirds” will cover their condensers in the northern states which may be helpful. But covering your condenser even in the winter months in Florida can trap humidity and even damage your condenser. Just remember the need to clean debris and clip any oversize branches nearby. These few tips will help insure that your air conditioning unit is ready to go when the temperature outside rises.

Periodically Rinse Your Condenser

Safety always comes first when tackling any do it yourself projects. Before any maintenance is done to your condenser insure that the power supply is disconnected. Check and re-check that you have a safe environment and maintain this thought while completing this task. With a garden house you can clean the outside of the condenser and free it from dirt and debris. The fins of the condenser as well as the fan can be cleaned with the proper tools. A small vacuum and brush will be needed as well as a little time. Any coolant or electrical components should always warrant a call to a professional. All Star Heating & Cooling can test to see if any coolant is leaking as well as assess any electrical issues that may be going on and ensure that your air conditioning condenser is being properly maintained.

All Star Heating & Cooling is proud to offer service to Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus, Sumter, Lake, Manatee, and Marion Counties. Call us today for a free estimate!

Clean Air Conditioning Coils

Providing professional heating & Air Conditioning Services in Port Richey, Florida and the Greater Tampa Bay area including Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando, Citrus, Sumter, Lake, and Marion Counties. No matter what service you need, our experienced AC technicians can help. We offer affordable pricing and quality service.

What you need to know about Clean Air Conditioning Coils

Clean Air Conditioning CoilsHaving Clean Air Conditioning Coils is a necessity in making sure that you’re getting the most out of your AC unit. All Air Conditioning units have a tendency to become polluted after years of use. Regular scheduled Air Conditioning Maintenance is essential for the health of your home and the functioning of your unit to make sure that the coils are clean and properly maintained.

According to the US Department of Energy dirty coils can increase the compressor energy by 30%. A build up of contaminants on your coils can make your unit work much harder and can also lead to polluted air in your home. Dirty coils can also lead to the misdiagnosis of HVAC issues as well. Other issues may arise with your AC unit if your coils are not maintained. You could end up spending money on future repairs that may not be necessary if the coils were maintained.

Containments such as mold and fungi can enter into your home if your coils are not maintained. These containments can create toxic allergenic fragments which are also called Macromolecular Organic Dust. This has been shown to be linked to multiple health conditions. Over time the build of these containments can also decrease the overall efficiency of your AC unit.

According to The HVAC HESS report The Measures 5, states “immediate energy saving of at least 10% is expected to be achieved following cleaning. ” This factor combined with cleaner and safer air are huge benefits to you and your family.

Cleaning of coils should always be done by a professional. All Star technicians will be able to asses the temperature difference between the air entering and the air leaving the coils. There are several factors and circumstances that will determine in what approach needs to be taken in the cleaning and maintaining of your AC unit. Please give us a call today or visit our website for more information. We proudly serve Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando, Citrus, Sumter, Lake, and Marion Counties. We are also a Member of the BBB and have an A+ rating.

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COVID-19 Response Plan

All Star Heating & Cooling has been deemed an essential business and will remain open for business and will to continue to provide the same excellent HVAC services to our community and is ready to take care of all of your heating and cooling needs. We specialize in indoor air quality and indoor air purification system installation.

With the current health crises and stay-at-home order issued to all Florida residents, we want to assure you that All Star Heating & Cooling is always prepared and ready to serve our community even in the toughest of times. We take pride in providing customers with the highest quality products and services. Our focus is to deliver the same great customer service even in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is why we have taken the following steps outlined below to keep SAFETY & HOME COMFORT our top priority, while performing any new installation or maintenance on your home's heating and cooling system during the COVID-19 pandemic, making sure it is safe for you and our technician.

The steps we have implemented during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Our team will be following all the hygiene recommendations of the CDC as applicable. Each technician has disposable gloves to wear, and is carrying anti-bacterial soap and water so that they can wash their hands after every call.
  • All trucks and tools will be cleaned on a daily basis.
  • If you have experienced any illness in your home or have been in contact with someone known to have experienced illness, please let the dispatcher know so we can take proper precautions for our technician’s health and anyone they interact with during their day.
  • Per social distancing, we will not be shaking hands (although we will greet you with a smile).
  • We have waived the requirement for you to sign a tablet or paper at the completion of work, a simple verbal OK will now be taken as acceptance.
  • If it is necessary for us to repair your indoor unit (located in a closet or your laundry room) we will limit the amount of time spent in the home to the best of our abilities.
  • During a regular Maintenance tune-up we may ask you to raise or lower the temperature on your thermostat so that our technician does not have to enter your home.

All Star Heating & Cooling has always put safety first and we will continue to take the necessary precautions in order to keep our commitment to all of you. Thank you for choosing All Star Heating & Cooling!